Newbie Question - Full Bands on a Mercury Dime
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I hope this is not a stupid question but here goes - I have a 1942 Mercury Dime that is graded PR67 by PCGS and also has a CAC sticker.  It very clearly has full bands on the reverse, but there its no FB designation in the grading.  Is a proof graded coin automatically assumed to have full bands?  Please see pictures below.  Thank you for all guidance!

347728559_1942PMercuryDimePR-67FB-PGCS-CAC_181292Slab.jpg.bebf02834f94b28016ee6c4278be9a5b.jpg577907766_1942PMercuryDimePR-67FB-PGCS-CAC_181292Reverse.jpg.d10f4cc54b7ce33c74adb28e84173bf9.jpg

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On 11/15/2021 at 11:22 AM, RWB said:

The reverse photo shown above, indicates it was one of the last pieces struck from that die before repolishing. Detail is very good, but there is considerable die-wear metal flow in the field. If you look at the olive leaves to immediate right of center, you'll notice a small gap between the leaves and the fasces. This is typical for proof dies that have only been polished once. (Compare to a circulation dime of similar condition.)

PS: The book United States Proof Coins 1936-1942 by Roger W. Burdette (me) has detailed information about this series of proof coins, and might be of interest.

One damned fine book, sir. Gets my highest recommendation.

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On 11/15/2021 at 11:22 AM, RWB said:

The reverse photo shown above, indicates it was one of the last pieces struck from that die before repolishing. Detail is very good, but there is considerable die-wear metal flow in the field. If you look at the olive leaves to immediate right of center, you'll notice a small gap between the leaves and the fasces. This is typical for proof dies that have only been polished once. (Compare to a circulation dime of similar condition.)

PS: The book United States Proof Coins 1936-1942 by Roger W. Burdette (me) has detailed information about this series of proof coins, and might be of interest.

Thank you, Roger.  This kind of information fascinates me.  I will definitely pick up a copy of the book.

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One more post in this thread - thanks for your patience!

Below is my second coin of the same grade - I obtained these coins at the same time.  This one has some toning - it is from the 'Teich Family Collection' and I understand those coins developed some degree of toning due to the way they were stored for 50 years.  

A question for RWB, or anyone else - from these rather poor photographs, can you discern anything of note regarding the die or the strike?  Thanks!!

 

1942 Mercury Dime PCGS PR67 CAC-Teich Collection_O_2.jpg

 

1942 Mercury Dime PCGS PR67 CAC-Teich Collection-Reverse_3.jpg

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On 11/19/2021 at 12:39 PM, caltx01 said:

can you discern anything of note regarding the die or the strike?

Not with any confidence. Since these were made on a hydraulic medal press the "strike" will be excellent in the high central points  - that is, wherever excess polishing did not remove die detail. It wasn't until the 1950s that the Medal Department (later proof coin division) figured out how to maintain good mirror-like fields while also retaining detail. Some of the 1936-42 proofs, especially halves, have poor detail in Liberty's hand, the flag and parts of the eagle motif.

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